National Mentoring Month NewsJanuary is National Mentoring Month!
Big Brothers Big Sisters is celebrating National Mentoring Month by inviting the nation to treat its 200,000 Bigs as the celebrities they are in the eyes of their Littles. Here are a few stories from around the country about our greatest assets, our Bigs:
A Thank You to a Big, From a Little
Nathan is a former Little Brother who participated in the program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati. In recognition of the impact that his Big Brother Mike had on his life, Nathan chose to write the following op-ed for him, to coincide with National Mentoring Month.
Former Big Sister of the Year in the Running for Cleveland Indians’ Mentor of the Year
Respected journalist and former Big Sister of the Year (2000) Margaret Bernstein is in line for another accolade: the Cleveland Indians’ first Mentor of the Year award. The Cleveland Indians choose to recognize people deemed extraordinary mentors who make profound positive impacts in the Cleveland community.
Former Little Recognizes his Big Brother's Impact, Becomes a Big Brother Himself!
The following was sent to Big Brothers Big Sisters from our Greater Cincinatti agency. Anthony and his biological brother were both Little Brothers to their Big Brother David. What better way to recognize the impact that David had on Anthony's life than by becoming a Big Brother himself? Read Anthony's thoughts on his experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Tony Anderson works as the General Manager for Cherryland Electric Cooperative near Traverse City, Mich. He first became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan when he came on as a board member in 2005. Shortly thereafter, he chose to become a Big Brother. Over the last six years, he has been a mentor to two Littles, Ricky and Jon.
Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe has been an active volunteer and mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte since 2006, having been matched with five Littles in that time. In 2002, Kodwo moved to Charlotte from his native country, Ghana. In Charlotte, he works for Duke Energy as an attorney while raising his three daughters.
Mike Mascaro’s journey with Big Brothers Big Sisters began several years ago when, as an 8-year-old, he became a Little Brother in the community-based program with Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters in Conn. He was witness to the impact of mentoring firsthand, after bring matched with his Big Brother Tim Ruark for several years. The two are still in contact with one another today.